Cloud computing is the delivery of computing resources as services, meaning that the resources are owned and managed by the cloud provider rather than the end user. Cloud computing is enabled through the abstraction of computing resources from the underlying hardware, allowing users access to resources that they do not physically maintain or own.
Cloud services can be used to develop and distribute web applications, host computing infrastructure for businesses and organizations, store digital media, provide browser-based software, and process data workloads.
These services often give businesses and developers greater capacity to rapidly scale computing resources and optimize computing costs in comparison to on-premise hardware and software. However, given the abstracted nature of cloud services, many of their technical details are hidden away from user oversight and control.
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